FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Terry Rephann
803 Trost Avenue
Cumberland, MD  21502
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City Council candidate announces details of "Next Generation" election platform.

Cumberland, MD - February 15, 2000.

Dr. Terry Rephann*, a Cumberland native who resides at 803 Trost Avenue announced his City Council platform today for the Cumberland municipal elections to be held in May. The theme of the platform "Next Generation Campaign for Cumberland" reflects a modern vision of economic development for Cumberland that is based on contemporary planning ideas and recognizes the importance of the new economy, technology, sustainability, globalization, reinventing government, and accountability, as well as traditional municipal bricks and mortar issues in achieving balanced economic development. The platform is divided into 10 sub-themes, including the following:

NEW ECONOMY PROJECT

Summary: Support economic development efforts that emphasize development of human resources, infrastructure, value added, and industrial retention and expansion rather than industrial recruitment and tax/subsidy incentives for footloose firms.

CYBERCITY 2010

Summary: Improve information dissemination, on-line marketing, and customer service using new electronic technologies.

KIDS COUNT

Summary: Improve recreational amenities, health, and safety for Cumberland's children.

GLOBAL CONNECTIONS

Summary: Develop global partnerships that provide new models and perspectives for community development, that enhance international prospecting and exporting opportunities, and that complement municipal marketing efforts.

POTHOLES PLUS

Summary: Improve information systems for transportation planning, emphasize infrastructure investment, and develop municipal services that are run more like the private sector

PATHWAYS TO SUSTAINABILITY

Summary: Promote environmentally friendly development so that our municipality lives within the limits of nature and embodies quality.

SELLING OUR CITY

Summary: Improve marketing efforts to increase visibility of Cumberland and its industrial/tourism assets to the region and world.

SMART CHOICES

Summary: Reinvigorate the municipal strategic planning process and rationalize municipal service delivery.

SAFE WITHIN

Summary: Take measures to increase safety in the Central Business District and improve municipal health care opportunities.

ACCOUNTABILITY NOW

Summary: Make elected officials accountable for developments that occur during their tenure. Improve public participation and provide leadership on key issues.